• Physical Computing

    • dataFab: situated technology thesis


      DataFab began as an exploration of situated technologies. We were fascinated by the ability to remove the information conveyed through the interface of a smartphone and placing it within a textural surface—something that operated at a much greater scalar range, something that could effectively communicate information from 300 feet or 5 feet. We wished to flip the paradigm of consuming information back to a larger spatial environment, rather than a 4" screen. The bus shelter wall became of i…

    • Gallery Lighting Script

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      Leelanau Lab was a popup gallery I created July 2011 for the purpose of selling my own photography. I took the opportunity to implement a programmable overhead lighting system to create a responsive space. The system used simple passive motion sensors that input digital signals into a microprocessor and used in a simple C++ script to control 110VAC relays. The lighting would remain off until motion was detected in one of the 9 squares. This system also provided the ability to run any program t…

    • Digi-Fab Surface Modeling

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      Prior to further developing thesis work at TCAUP, we explored material fabrication techniques using digital technologies. The majority of this work focused on building complexity from sheet stock material such as polystyrene, other malleable polymers, and plywood. Models included folding and stitching assembly processes that increase material strength in multiple axis. Furthermore, the creation of thickness as a process of assembly and ultimately a volumous form, lends itself to increased sur…

    • #TweetBus

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      The tweetBus script was created to use as an data input to the DataFab project. tweetBus integrates a streaming XML file of local bus GPS with geofenced tweets from Twitter users regarding public transportation. Furthermore, by tracing bus routes in a 2d map, we can make assumptions as to when a bus will arrive at a specific location. From the combination of emotional search terms from geofenced tweets, like #Love, #Happy, regarding public transportation, and the ETA of a specific buses, we lik…

    • Light Fence


      The Light Fence was an exploratory project based in Detroit MI, where the community was torn by petty crime but was still looking to have a neighborhood where children could play. We designed the Light Fence to act as a buffer from a home between the yard and sidewalk while at the same time creating a playful interaction and instilling a sense of presence in an inanimate object. The light fence is about the size of a 4 year old, or thigh high. It's meant to facilitate the security aspects of…

    • Follow-Facade:

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      Follow-Facade is a user position-based shading system for the paraHome. These videos show mockups of the facade system. The first video is has a narrative describing a first prototype that uses 2 ultrasonic rangefinder sensors to capture a distance variable. This variable is used to represent the distance a human is, in the space, from a wall. Translated into a twist of an area of louvers covering a window, the motion tracks and follows the human, shading their body from the outside. The …

    • PeepWall


      Physical mock up using arduino controller and ultra sonic rangefinder controlling servo-driven surface tensioner Forms Scripting geometry prototypes

  • UI/UX/Graphics

    • HRSY reBrand

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              The HRSY rebrand was a look at updating an identity that has remained the same for nearly its entire existence. The strategy was to realign the brand with its once patriotic/nationalistic brand that began with sending chocolate bars to troops by engaging a community look and feel. Specifically, the rebrand included a container rebrand to make a distinction between other companies and itself. HRSY wants to engage its audience by providing a product that doe…

    • Icons & logos

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      My logo work has been largely inspired by simple iconography stemming from early modernism and information designers such as Tufte. All vector work is completed in Illustrator. Due to exclusivity of professional work, most of these are unfinished or work not chosen for final products.

    • Wire-Framing & App Rendering

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      This work uses a combination of Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign. Unfortunately, the majority of my work within UX is confidential and I am unable to share.

    • 2D-to-3D Vector Work

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      This 2D to 3D geometry work is created using Rhino custom blocks drawings & Illustrator. It layers 2D vector work in axonometric projects to create a complex and ornate 3D drawing.        

  • Architecture

    • GAA Gallery

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      The Glen Arbor Artisans gallery is a small commercial building located in Glen Arbor, MI. This building is currently under construction and is due for completion Q3 2014. I designed this building along with architect of record, Sarah Bourgoise, Traverse City, MI.

    • Block Homes: parametric masses


      Created using parametric modeling software, block homes was a study of carving masses using formulas rather than traditional architectural technique. Below are a series of study models using different parameters, such as the flow of water, to create space.  

    • paraHome


      The ParaHome used Digital Project, a solid modeler, to develop architecture using parametric formulas. The massing of the homes explored a carving, pushing, sliding, and other formal moves driven by mathematical relationships to create solid and voids. To view this project, click on the animation once, then use the arrow keys on your keyboard.  If your cursor turns into a hand icon, click the slides to view further iterations.  You may also mouse-over the corners of this document to pull ba…

    • Kirkland WA Mixed Use

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      This project embodies the ultimate challenge, politically charged architecture. Difficulty was met when balancing our duties as designers with demands of financiers driving strict CRE models. The political challenge should be evident given the first photo (below)— a FAR and zoning envelope variance was required to meet the development's required leasable area. There was great public outcry amongst the community regarding the proposed density of the project. My team (4 members at LMN), wor…

    • Topographic Construction

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      Accurately measuring and drawing undulating surfaces can be quite difficult. These drawings look at manually calculating the curvilinear surface of topography using construct a grid of 20ft X 20ft cells starting at the northeast corner of each site. This method is referred to as interpolation. This technique calculates the existing grade elevation at each grid point. From this data we can then calculate volumes of noncubic forms using the "borrow pit"method.

    • Transit-oriented ArchiRetail

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      The popUp component of a major conglomerate's rebrand is a social, environmental, and infrastructural endeavor.  PlotUp explores the idea that the full circle life of a consumer product can become the catalyst for networking public and private entities: corporations, schools, and cities. A brand alignment resulted in designing packaging and the packaging’s inherent second life with its target market to address issues of progression and sustainability in the brand and evoke its lost associat…

    • MArch 2012: Feeding Station


      The Feeding Station is a cynical architectural mechanism aimed at exploiting scenographic and illusionary culture created by super-brands. It draws product research samples from the large pool of hyper-consumer traffic generated from the nearby outdoor superstore, Cabelas, (one of lower Michigan's largest tourist attractions) to use for the development of artificial fragrances and flavors. The site is located on an existing private back alley cul-de-sac—on the edge of farm land— that is…

  • Urbanism

    • Suburban Retrofitting: opinion


      The search for value in an American suburbia can be bleak as its bizarre creation can be linked to everything from 20th century racial and economic segregation to the financial crash of 2007, to the frightening rise of obesity and diabetes in America’s youth, and to the rising dependence on foreign oil. If that’s not enough, living in our nation’s suburbs are now becoming more expensive than ever as their inherent requirement of driving everywhere battles rising fuel costs. Mandatory …

    • Gratiot Alley: A Detroit Mixed Use Development Proposal


      AlleyWay Development is pleased to present Gratiot Alley, located in the heart of Detroit just west of Harmonie Park. A walkable distance from attractions such as Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre, the RiverWalk, Eastern Market, and Greektown, Gratiot Alley connects two popular downtown districts—Fox Town and Greektown—by creating a mixed-use residential and retail development that will serve the needs of a diverse population. By bridging the gap between these two districts, both kno…

    • PWDG: placemaking blog


        PlaceWork Design Group was an urban advocacy blog started with my friend and urban planner, Peter Spaulding. Our intention was to ideate progressive designs of new pedestrian spaces and high density buildings in Traverse City, MI—a city many see as an up and coming destination for midwestern economic development. Below is our understanding how the group could operate as a consultancy to work side-by-side or internal to development to oversee a combination of preliminary architectur…

  • Photography

    • sleeping bear winter surf

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      A video I shot during a quick encounter with Lake Michigan over holiday in December

    • Leelanau Lab: TimeLapses

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      Timelapses from Leelanau County, shot in spring/summer/fall 2011  

    • AutoCache

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      Prior to the ubiquity of geo-fencing strategies that collocates mobile device UUID's with local advertisements, this short film explored the idea of spatial caching.  This was created using timelapse, video, and adobe premier using a masking technique.  

    • Light Trace


      Device, is a short film about a glowing device becoming animate and intrigued by the uses of other artificial light. The device explores and recreates light sources, reflections, and other origins of light such as stars until being pulled away by the trailing tail lights of a vehicle.

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